EU sees slow change in Bulgaria justice reform, Romania on track

The European Commission released its annual monitoring reports on reforms in Bulgaria and Romania, Bloomberg reports. The Commission praised Romania’s efforts in combatting corruption and criticized Bulgaria. Romania’s anti-corruption agency followed a record number convictions in 2014 by prosecuting then-prime minister Victor Ponta in 2015. Ponta, who was charged with money laundering and tax fraud, resigned during protests in November. The Bulgarian government attempted to create its own anti-corruption agency, but the proposed law died in the parliament in 2015. Last month, Bulgaria did amend its constitution to divide the Supreme Judicial Council into separate chambers for the judges and prosecutors. But, Bulgarian lawmakers rejected a a proposal to curb the powers of the chief prosecutor. The European Commission also said high-level corruption and organized crime remain big challenges in Bulgaria.


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